How Bendigo became 'the spearhead of communism' | This week in history

Tom O'Callaghan
By Tom O'Callaghan
Updated June 13 2021 - 8:43pm, first published June 11 2021 - 6:00pm
BITTER FUED: RSL members led fights to evict communists from Bendigo Trades Hall in 1949 and 1950. Below is an example of the anger the issue provoked. Pictures: FILE PHOTO and BENDIGO ADVERTISER (courtesy of the Bendigo Library)

BENDIGO had become "the spearhead of communism" and its trades hall needed to be purged, an RSL sub-branch president declared as hundreds of veterans prepared to march on the View Street building.

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Tom O'Callaghan

Tom O'Callaghan

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